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Reducing the risk of stroke

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Tasmanians are being encouraged to discover just how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke.

It is part of the Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign, Stroke Week, which is being launched in Tasmania today.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to making Tasmanians' lives even better, which is why we are providing the Stroke Foundation with an additional $440,000 over two years to improve access to treatment so more patients survive, avoid disability and recover.

The Stroke Foundation assists Tasmanians with the self-management of chronic conditions, and also by raising awareness of stroke and encouraging Tasmanians to make healthy lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions.

About four Tasmanians a day suffer the deadly or disabling effects of a stroke, and stroke kills more Tasmanian women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.

While getting older and hereditary factors are unavoidable, most stroke risks are preventable. In fact, more than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented by managing your blood pressure and living a healthy lifestyle.

So I urge Tasmanians to discover their health risks and act now to avoid stroke. You can start by visiting your doctor for a health check. Eat a healthy diet and be active – every step counts towards a healthy life.

Watch out for the signs of stroke and act FAST:

  • Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
  • Arms – Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • Time – Is critical. If you see any of these symptoms act FAST and call 000 immediately.